Bonnie Caruk Riege is an Ojai resident and oil painter. She has studied art in Canada, where she was born, and in California after moving from Toronto in 1983, eventually establishing her studio here, in the Ojai Valley. Bonnie earned a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts in 1995 from UCSB and exhibits her work regularly at various Ventura County locations. Painting primarily in oils and with imagery drawn from the imagination, the portraiture and figurative subjects depicted are “inventions” and not from “life”, although she has been commissioned to do many theme paintings and portraits. Her paintings indicate her visionary expression of what interest her most - the human form, face and a story below the surface. The narrative quality in her work encourages the viewer2 to evoke his or her own imagination and interpret the painting in their own way.